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  • A beautiful, unflinchingly honest book about madness, mania, parenting, surviving and, above all, love and its power to heal us

    Rachel Clarke, author of Dear Life and Breathtaking
  • A brave, lit-up account of going mad and getting better, that forensically tracks the footprints of both journeys towards a settlement with the self

    Jeanette Winterson
  • Readers of Clare's game-changing memoir . . . will be struck by the fact that a mind so recently dominated by straight-to-DVD fantasies is now capable of reflecting on them with so much gentle wisdom and acute self-awareness. And in such beautiful, witty prose

    Daily Telegraph
  • Hard-hitting but tender-hearted . . . Clare thoughtfully and determinedly seeks to challenge the status-quo on treatment for mental health conditions

  • What a gift...having such an articulate agent, reporting back from the far edges of the mind

    Sunday Times
  • I loved Heavy Light: its honesty, its questing intelligence...his description of our threadbare mental health services, and the inhuman pressures on those who work in them, is heart-breaking. We have to do better

    British Medical Journal
  • A shattering journey . . . remarkable

    Sheena Joughin, Times Literary Supplement
  • Clare is a wildly endearing narrator of his own turmoil . . . [his] is a persuasive argument not only against chemical answers to his own illness, but also against the hasty (and often permanent) way individuals are labelled with diagnostic categories

    Brian Dillon, Financial Times
  • Compelling, beautifully-written and utterly devastating. A balm in itself

    Katie Law, Evening Standard
  • Clare brilliantly describes his mania... But he has a wider purpose here. Following his discharge from hospital Clare sets out to explore alternatives to the lifetime of terrifyingly strong medication he has been prescribed

    Stephanie Cross, Lady

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